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Jeffrey Lax and Justin Phillips from Columbia University argue US state-elected representatives often ignore majority public opinion, opting instead for the party line.
Sydney University's John Keane argues parliamentary democracy is drifting back to 18th Century models.
Harvard University's Peter Hall searches for the source of the recent widespread doubts about the capabilities of representative government.
Marc Abrahams highlights in The Guardian how selecting elected representatives randomly rather than through political party systems could make democracies work better.
Figures compiled by the Inter-Parliamentary Union show many new democracies are electing a higher percentage of women than Western democracies.
Who Leads Us is a website which compares the characteristics of those elected to US assemblies with those of the citizens they serve.
The IPU and the UN have produced the Global Parliamentary Report, a comprehensive look at the relations between parliaments and citizens.
Higher levels of economic inequality lead to weaker representation of the less affluent, finds research by the University of Lausanne, the University of Mannheim and the University of Berne.
Marian Sawer of Australian National University suggests quotas are needed in Australian politics to boost the low number of female parliamentarians.
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